Monday, November 26, 2012

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Been having my first "viral experience" I suppose...

I created the above photoshopped image as a spoof directed at a recent ad campaign by the big Danish bank Danske Bank, "The New Normal".

Danske Bank has acted like all the other big banks before, and during, the recession...questionable "ego-cratic" management and investments,  resulting in a huge state-funded bail out which of course was followed by outsourcing of jobs and thousands of layoffs to the bank's staff...

I posted the image to my Facebook account four days ago (next to the other idiosyncratic doodles I put there from time to time) but this time, 94 people shared it during the day and now it has ended up appearing in the online version of Danish newspaper Politiken.

Hmmm.. if this gets as big as I think it will, I want 60% on the merchandise deals!

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Panzer: Sdkfz 5
A group of Luftwaffe field personnel relaxing. The sledge was probably custom made by a local Werkstattkompanie. Other photos in this group show the crew was attached to a radar installation. Note the Wehrmacht rank patch for camouflage clothing worn on the left sleeve by the trooper on the right. He seems to be wearing it on the rare quilted version of the reversible winter uniform. For some reason, this version is mostly seen with Luftwaffe field units.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

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The changes in Wain's cat paintings as his mental problems evolved

Louis Wain drew and painted cats to great acclaim in Victorian England. Lost his savings on bad investment plans, went crazy...

And continued to draw and paint cats.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 8
Created as the towing vehicle for heavy Wehrmacht artillery pieces of the 100 - 210 mm caliber, a total of 4000 were made 1938-45. The rear end license plate seems to be missing on this example.
I have no explanation for the "T" marking except that in some units, artillery was grouped together in "batteries" which were distinguished by letters and not numbers.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

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I don't mind.

YOU take Marilyn Monroe, Betty Page and all the others...

Just leave me Lily St. Cyr

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Panzer: Sdkfz 7 & 88 mm Flak 36/37
The legendary "88" being operated by a Luftwaffe flak crew. Photo taken in summer of 1943 is my guess, and when you note the many vehicles seen in the distant background it could very well have been during the Battle of Kursk.
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Monday, November 05, 2012

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A drawing of mine, ca. 1980.

I remember that day well. I was in the sixth, seventh, or maybe eight grade? My school class and I were visiting the Copenhagen ZOO (animal zoo...) and I remember thinking: "I'd like to walk around the Zoo by myself..." I can't remember much else, except for this desire to be alone and not with my classmates. I wanted to be with my thoughts instead.
I reunited with them later, just in time to que up for the bus "where have you been, we all wondered where you were?" a girl from my class asked, "oh, I just wanted to walk around by myself"  I answered, realising nobody seemed to have had a problem with that. Least of all me.

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf B
Serving with the Afrika Korps. Note the goggles worn by most of the crew for protection against sand and the swastika flag draped over the engine compartment for air recognition.
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